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Uber And Lyft Will Finally Be Able To Pick You Up From LAX

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Uber and Lyft will soon be able to pick you up from the airport, says the mayor, and just in time for the travel season.In Tuesday's State of the City speech (did you listen?), Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that ridesharing companies will be able to pick up travelers from LAX "by this summer." According to the L.A. Times, Uber and Lyft are currently restricted in the number of pickups they can make at the airport.

The lifting of restrictions on Uber and Lyft at LAX have been in the works for a while, and it seems like the State of the City is the coup de grâce for the taxi industry's fight against ridesharing companies at the airport. Councilman Paul Koretz, who has been one of the most vocal opponents of Uber and Lyft, said he was against the mayor's proposal and added, "I'm not necessarily a big fan of the cheating economy."

The proposal was mentioned alongside other LAX and transportation improvements the mayor cited in his speech, including terminal construction and finally connecting Metro rail lines to the airport.

KPCC has the full text of Mayor Garcetti's State of the City speech.

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